Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Psalm 67

1 May God be merciful and bless us.
May his face smile with favor on us.
Interlude

2 May your ways be known throughout the earth,
your saving power among people everywhere.
3 May the nations praise you, O God.
Yes, may all the nations praise you.
4 Let the whole world sing for joy,
because you govern the nations with justice
and guide the people of the whole world.
Interlude

5 May the nations praise you, O God.
Yes, may all the nations praise you.
6 Then the earth will yield its harvests,
and God, our God, will richly bless us.
7 Yes, God will bless us,
and people all over the world will fear him.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Wise Words for Leaders

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As a nation becomes corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." - Benjamin Franklin

Have you ever noticed that those who are the most opinionated are usually also the most easily offended? It's kind of ironic isn't it? Those who hurt more feelings than anyone usually get their feelings hurt more than anyone! ~ I love this one!

Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
~ by Thomas J. Watson

Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says Go! - a leader says Let's go!

Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders. Wise Phrase by Tom Peters

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. Nice Word by Albert Schweitzer

You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That's assault, not leadership. Meaningful Quotation by Dwight D. Eisenhower

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. Wise Phrase by John C. Maxwell

You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself. Wise Phrase by Gene Mauch

A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader. Famous Saying by Golda Meir

You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader. Wise Phrase by Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book This is a great one too!

Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. Famous Saying by Dwight D. Eisenhower

Blog Going Friends ONLY

As of tomorrow, my blog is going to be open to friends only. If you just read here and aren't a friend, then you will no longer be able to read my blog, however, if you would like to become a friend just let me know and I will let you in. Due to many things, this has become a necessity. I hope that you all understand. Thanks in advance and I'll see you on the flip side!

Music Monday~ Nichole C. Mullin/Call on Jesus



Verse 1:
I'm so very ordinary, nothing special on my own.
Oh, I have never walked on water,
And I have never calmed a storm.
Sometimes I'm hiding away from the madness around me
Like a child who's afraid of the dark

Chorus:
But when I call on Jesus,
All things are possible
I can mount on wings like eagles' and soar
When I call on Jesus,
Mountains are gonna fall
'Cause He'll move heaven and earth to come rescue me when I call

La la la la la, la la la la la

Verse 2:
Weary brother, broken daughter,
Widowed, Widowed lover you're not alone
If you're tired and scared of the madness around you
If you can't find the strength to carry on

Chorus:
When you call on Jesus,
All things are possible
You can mount on wings like eagles' and soar
When you call on Jesus,
Mountains are gonna fall
'Cause He'll move heaven and earth to come rescue you when you--

Bridge:
Call Him in the morning', in the afternoon time
Late in the evening' He'll be there
When your heart is broken,
And you feel discouraged,
You can just remember that He said
He'll be there

Chorus (2x):
When I call on Jesus,
All things are possible
I can mount on wings like eagles' and soar
When I call on Jesus,
Mountains are gonna fall
'Cause He'll move heaven and earth to come rescue me

La la la la la, la la la la la, la la la la la-a-a

Monday Musing

I'm just sitting here this morning. Thinking about what the day may hold. In just a bit I will get up and get myself and Matthew around to make his neurology appointment by 9:00 in Durant. So many months are pending on this appointment. Matthew has been dealing with anxiety attacks and several other issues and even though the gentleman who counseled him last week told us his opinion on what is going on with him, we are hoping to get some confirmation today. Right now, as I'm listening to Youtube~ to Kim Walkers Version of "Oh how He loves us," I am reminded that God loves Matthew more than I do. I have moments of powerlessness. It's then that I reach out and touch the hem of His garment... and hold on for dear life... it's then that I curl up in His lap.. and lay it all in His hands. And, once again... let go.

Psalm 66

1 Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!
2 Sing about the glory of his name!
Tell the world how glorious he is.
3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
Your enemies cringe before your mighty power.
4 Everything on earth will worship you;
they will sing your praises,
shouting your name in glorious songs.”
Interlude

5 Come and see what our God has done,
what awesome miracles he performs for people!
6 He made a dry path through the Red Sea,a]">[a]
and his people went across on foot.
There we rejoiced in him.
7 For by his great power he rules forever.
He watches every movement of the nations;
let no rebel rise in defiance.
Interlude

8 Let the whole world bless our God
and loudly sing his praises.
9 Our lives are in his hands,
and he keeps our feet from stumbling.
10 You have tested us, O God;
you have purified us like silver.
11 You captured us in your net
and laid the burden of slavery on our backs.
12 Then you put a leader over us.b]">[b]
We went through fire and flood,
but you brought us to a place of great abundance.

13 Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
to fulfill the vows I made to you—
14 yes, the sacred vows that I made
when I was in deep trouble.
15 That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you—
the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma,
and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats.
Interlude

16 Come and listen, all you who fear God,
and I will tell you what he did for me.
17 For I cried out to him for help,
praising him as I spoke.
18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
19 But God did listen!
He paid attention to my prayer.
20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
or withdraw his unfailing love from me.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Easy Biscuits

2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup milk
  1. Combine and mix ingredients together. Pour out on floured waxed paper. Pat the dough out with your hands until dough is not sticky (add a little flour if necessary). Fold double. Cut biscuits with a biscuit cutter.
  2. Bake on a cookie sheet at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 20-25 minutes.

Please Pray for Matthew

Please pray for my son Matthew. He has an appointment with a Neurologist tomorrow morning. We have been waiting on this appointment for over two weeks and we are rather curious/nervous to see what he may say. Please pray for the anxiety attacks he has been having... and for an answer to all the issues that have been bothering him since the beginning of this year. I know that God is willing and able. I have faith...

SONday

Have a blessed, God-filled, peaceful day!

Numbers 6:24-26

24 " ' "The LORD bless you
and keep you;

25 the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;

26 the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace." '

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Do You Ask?

James 4:2b You do not have, because you do not ask God.

Do you pray, asking God and believing? Do you believe that you don't have, because you don't ask? Do you believe that you will have if you do ask?

Yesterday driving to work I was praying out loud... I was telling God all kinds of things among which were things that would seem very small to some, but which are huge to my family at this time.

Last night, in a seemingly very strange twist of events God answered a very important prayer. Being human, I would have NEVER seen my prayer being answered in such a way. I mean, right out of the blue... like a diamond ring in a pigs snout, there it was.

I love how He blows me a way. How He makes things work and practically pulls what's not there from the very air.

Thank You Lord.. for being Who You are... Your grace, mercy and love are everlasting.

Psalms 65

1 What mighty praise, O God,
belongs to you in Zion.
We will fulfill our vows to you,
2 for you answer our prayers.
All of us must come to you.
3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,
you forgive them all.
4 What joy for those you choose to bring near,
those who live in your holy courts.
What festivities await us
inside your holy Temple.

5 You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds,
O God our savior.
You are the hope of everyone on earth,
even those who sail on distant seas.
6 You formed the mountains by your power
and armed yourself with mighty strength.
7 You quieted the raging oceans
with their pounding waves
and silenced the shouting of the nations.
8 Those who live at the ends of the earth
stand in awe of your wonders.
From where the sun rises to where it sets,
you inspire shouts of joy.

9 You take care of the earth and water it,
making it rich and fertile.
The river of God has plenty of water;
it provides a bountiful harvest of grain,
for you have ordered it so.
10 You drench the plowed ground with rain,
melting the clods and leveling the ridges.
You soften the earth with showers
and bless its abundant crops.
11 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;
even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.
12 The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture,
and the hillsides blossom with joy.
13 The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
and the valleys are carpeted with grain.
They all shout and sing for joy!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Five

1. Tonight is the benefit auction and steer roping event to raise money for Sandy. Everything starts at 7:30 at Round Up Cowboy Church. Hope to see you all there!

2. The weather is absolutely beautiful outside!! I would love for it to stay right at this temperature year round!

3. My daughter has had the first week of college under her belt and is doing well. Classes actually started yesterday~ but they have had daily events since Sunday.

4. I've been applying online for medical transcription jobs today. If I can find something, I would be able to continue this job and work the MT job at the same time.

5. Wedding plans, doctors appointments and college... the kids are keeping me busy! It's true that even when they are moved out and "gone," they always remain your children. They still rely on you from time to time.. and they still need you.. Ah, it does a mom's heart good.

I Love You Lord ~ Zoei

Psalm 64

1 O God, listen to my complaint.
Protect my life from my enemies’ threats.
2 Hide me from the plots of this evil mob,
from this gang of wrongdoers.
3 They sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim their bitter words like arrows.
4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent,
attacking suddenly and fearlessly.
5 They encourage each other to do evil
and plan how to set their traps in secret.
“Who will ever notice?” they ask.
6 As they plot their crimes, they say,
“We have devised the perfect plan!”
Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning.

7 But God himself will shoot them with his arrows,
suddenly striking them down.
8 Their own tongues will ruin them,
and all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
9 Then everyone will be afraid;
they will proclaim the mighty acts of God
and realize all the amazing things he does.
10 The godly will rejoice in the Lord
and find shelter in him.
And those who do what is right
will praise him.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Drama Queens

Do you have a Drama Queen in your life? Is she your best friend? Do you work with her? Does she attend your church? Is she a family member? Do you go to school with her?

My question today is this: How do you handle her biblically? ...when everything in her life revolves around her?

Of course, we know to love her, pray for her and treat her as Jesus would.... and we know we need to pray for ourselves to be the light and salt that she needs in her life...

Tell of some experiences you have had with DQ's and the solutions (or at least the attempts with solutions) to help them come down to earth~ and how in the meantime you kept your heart soft and open to them.

Please Pray

Our church is having a benefit auction and steer roping event to raise money for a dear church member. Her name is Sandy and she has leukemia. Please be praying about the outcome on Friday, but most of all, please remember her health in your prayers. She has had treatment lately where she's had several units of fresh healthy blood infused into her body. Pray that not only her body will be healed but that her spirit and soul too. She has been sick for a couple of years ~ I can't imagine how that would bring you down inside the deepest parts of yourself. Her immediate family is not very supportive and during this time we really need to rally around her. Thank you so much~

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Psalm 63

1 O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.

6 I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
7 Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.

9 But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.
They will go down into the depths of the earth.
10 They will die by the sword
and become the food of jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God.
All who trust in him will praise him,
while liars will be silenced.

Know That You Know

Question: I would like to have some insight on the subject once in grace always in grace. Me and some of my buddies have been discussing it and I am not sure I understand it.

You speak of once in grace; always in grace. I have also heard it called once saved; always saved. This is called the doctrine of eternal security. It means that once a person is truly saved, they can never be lost after that. The opposite of the doctrine of eternal security is the belief that a person can by wilful acts of sin (different people have different ideas concerning what point this happens) lose their salvation.

I believe in eternal security (or once in grace; always in grace) for a large number of reasons. However, I also admit that there are a number of doctrinal and practical problems that have to be dealt with. But that is true no matter which way this is taught. But do not think that I take this doctrine lightly. It matters, and it matters very much. If we can lose our salvation, then we must have some part in earning our salvation. If we earn our salvation, then it is not by grace (which means God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves).

Salvation is entirely a gift of God. True, we accept it, but we do not earn it. When we accept it, God births us into His family and we become a child of God (John 1:12). My children were born to me. And, though they have not always been in good graces with me, they have never ceased to be my children. And, though human parents might cruelly cast a child out of their home, the Bible promises us that we can never be separated from the love of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:35-38).

Can I stop being God's child if I want to? Let me ask you: Can you stop being your earthly father's child even if you want to? Of course not--to both questions. Besides, why would anyone want to cease being the child of God? Why would anyone want to go to hell instead of heaven. They would have to had lost their mind to want to stop being saved. I would not cast my children out because they lost their mind; neither would God cast His children out.

Often people will point out to me people they know that "got saved" and later left the Lord and went back to sin. There are two possibilities. One is that they were never saved in the first place. 1 John 2:19 speaks of a group of so-called believers who left the saints so that it might be known that they were never really one of the saints. Many people go through an experience or "get religion" for a time, but they are not saved. Eventually, their lack of true spiritual life bears fruit and they leave the God they never really knew.

The second possibility is that God is still dealing with them, though we may not see it for a time. The Bible teaches that those who are true sons of God will be chastened (whipped) when they stray from Him (Hebrews 12:5-7). In fact, he says that those who do not receive chastisement are not His sons (Hebrews 12:8) but are illegitimate (the Bible uses a stronger word here). Sometimes, the ways of the Lord work slowly over a long period of time, but He is always working to bring His true children back to Him.

But, when we are saved and truly born again, we will forever be one of God's children. We may stray and we may suffer for our disobedience, but we will never cease to be His child. This shows us the greatness of the salvation God has given us. Thanks be to His name.

Simple Woman's Daybook

Outside my window.... the world is pitch black. It's early...

I am thinking... about how God works all things together for our good. It amazes me sometimes how He sees the big picture and orchestrates everything.

I am thankful for... Being raised in a Christian family.

From the kitchen... I'm thinking about what to take to our Wednesday night potluck. I may have to get pretty creative!

I am wearing... A tee-shirt and pj bottoms

I am creating...Not really creating anything right now. I would really like to pull up the carpets in the kitchen and bathrooms and acid wash~ stain them.

I am going... to start some deep cleaning this coming weekend.

I am reading... Matters of the Heart by Jody Piccoult.

I am hoping... That today is a productive, very busy day at work.

I am hearing... Normally I wouldn't be hearing anything now but the soft buzz of the refrigerator running... but my middle son is up and not feeling well. I can hear the TV softly playing while he's laying on the couch.

Around the house... Things are clean and tidy. For the moment anyway~!

One of my favourite things... is to go out to eat breakfast. I just love a big breakfast bar full of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, biscuits and gravy etc...

A few plans for the rest of the week... Matthew's appointment today, Wednesday night church tonight.. not sure of the rest of the week. May take Matthew home this weekend, if not, I will help with a roping and benefit auction our church is sponsoring.

Is trying to remember... that God allows mountain tops and valley's.. and He also allows ski-lifts!

Proverbs 25


Proverbs 25:11 11 A word aptly spoken
is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Psalm 62

1 I wait quietly before God,
for my victory comes from him.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.

3 So many enemies against one man—
all of them trying to kill me.
To them I’m just a broken-down wall
or a tottering fence.
4 They plan to topple me from my high position.
They delight in telling lies about me.
They praise me to my face
but curse me in their hearts.
Interlude

5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
7 My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
8 O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge.
Interlude

9 Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind,
and the powerful are not what they appear to be.
If you weigh them on the scales,
together they are lighter than a breath of air.

10 Don’t make your living by extortion
or put your hope in stealing.
And if your wealth increases,
don’t make it the center of your life.

11 God has spoken plainly,
and I have heard it many times:
Power, O God, belongs to you;
12 unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.
Surely you repay all people
according to what they have done.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Psalm 61

1 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.

2 From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

3 For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.

4 I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
Selah

5 For you have heard my vows, O God;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

6 Increase the days of the king's life,
his years for many generations.

7 May he be enthroned in God's presence forever;
appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

8 Then will I ever sing praise to your name
and fulfill my vows day after day.

Ten Tuesday Thoughts

1. I'm feeling a bit weary this morning.
2. The sky clouded up and the wind picked up.. and then everything passed over! Oh how we NEED the rain!
3. Tonight is Ladies Night Out. If you've never gone before you are offically invited! Meet at the church at 6:30 ~ We are going out to eat at one of the local Mexican Restaurants, Molina's.
4. I am still looking for a job. I trust there is the perfect job out there for me... ordained by God.
5. Stuff, stuff and more stuff. This is where I want to post some things.....maybe later.
6. In our Esther Bible Study I have learned some awesome truths. Not that they were things I didn't know or think about, just a clearer picture I guess. When people worry they say, "if _______, then_______ will happen." I have learned that if "whatever" does happen, then GOD.
7. I have so many worship music favorites right now! "Oh How He loves us" (Kim Walker's version) and "I need a Savior"... are two that I have played and sang over and over.
8. We really need to make a point to get around and see family. It's been quite a while since we've all met together. Maybe a day over to my sisters or up to my parents house.
9. I am already planning for Thanksgiving this year. I would love for everyone to come to my house~ my parents, my sister and her family, my in-laws, my sister-in-laws and their families... my kids... everyone.
10. I've reached 10! Woohoo. It's been a crazy morning at the shop. I'd better get off for a while. :-)

Chedder 'N' Chive Biscuits

Every now and again, I do in fact feel like baking something savory. Now, usually this craving comes in the form of buttery, flaky, biscuity goodness, but it's also been known to rear its head in a sharp, tangy, cheddary way. As it did last week.

So off I went to hunt for a recipe that would be easy to throw together with stuff I already had in my pantry. And boy did this one fit the bill!
These biscuits are fluffy, cheesy, salty, and basically just all kinds of spot-hitting. Plus, they required little more than a bowl, a spoon, and a baking sheet. That's my kind of recipe. So what are you waiting for? Doesn't salty, fluffy, crispy, golden, cheddary biscuitness sound good right now?!

Preheat oven to 375F/190C.

In a measuring cup, mix:
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (or garlic salt, if, like me, you can never get enough of the stuff)

Fill to the one-cup line with flour, then place in a large bowl and add:
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1 bunch chives, chopped.

Stir in:
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp mayo (Or fat free yogurt!)
1 tsp butter, melted.

Drop onto ungreased nonstick cookie sheet or bake in muffin cups (2/3 full) 15-20 minutes, until just golden.

Ladies Night Out!

Meet at the church tonight at 6:30. We are going to Molina's Mexican Restaurant for our Ladies Night Out! Hope to see you there!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Music~ His Eye is on the Sparrow

His Eye is on the Sparrow
Lauryn Hill



Verse 1:
Why should I feel discouraged,
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for Heav'n and home,
When Jesus is my portion?
A constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches over me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Refrain:
I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free,
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me (He watches me)
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know he watches (I know he watches)
(I know he watches me)

I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free,
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me (He watches me)
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know he watches me (He watches me)
He watches me (I know he watches me)

Verse 2:
"Let not your heart be troubled,"
His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness,
I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth
But one step I may see:
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Verse 3:
Whenever I am tempted,
Whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing,
When hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him,
From care He sets me free:
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He cares for me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He cares for me.

Proverbs 23

Proverbs 23: 12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.

psalm 60

1 You have rejected us, O God, and burst forth upon us;
you have been angry-now restore us!

2 You have shaken the land and torn it open;
mend its fractures, for it is quaking.

3 You have shown your people desperate times;
you have given us wine that makes us stagger.

4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner
to be unfurled against the bow.
Selah

5 Save us and help us with your right hand,
that those you love may be delivered.

6 God has spoken from his sanctuary:
"In triumph I will parcel out Shechem
and measure off the Valley of Succoth.

7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim is my helmet,
Judah my scepter.

8 Moab is my washbasin,
upon Edom I toss my sandal;
over Philistia I shout in triumph."

9 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?

10 Is it not you, O God, you who have rejected us
and no longer go out with our armies?

11 Give us aid against the enemy,
for the help of man is worthless.

12 With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies.

The Heart of Leadership

What do you think of when you think of leadership? Do you think about servanthood? Servanthood is not about position or skill. It's about attitude. You have met people in service positions who have poor attitudes toward servanthood, and just as you can sense when a worker doesn't want to help people, you can just as easily detect whether a leader has a servant's heart. The truth is that the best leaders desire to serve others, not themselves.

True servant leaders....

*Put others ahead of their own agenda.
*Possess the confidence to serve.
*Initiate service to others.
*Are not position-conscious.
*Serve out of love.

Servant leadership is never motivated by manipulation or self-promotion. In the end, the extent of your influence depends on the depth of your concern for others. That's why it's so important for leaders to be willing to serve.

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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
Peter F. Drucker

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Theodore Roosevelt

Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.
Robert Half

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Romans 12:7-9 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. 9Love must be sincere, hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

John 13:4-5 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
















Sunday, August 22, 2010

David Crowder Band



Be ready to be blessed by this one~~



Communion

What is Communion and Why Do Christians Observe Communion?

Communion is a practice that is meant to be observed over and over throughout the life of a Christian. It is a holy time of worship when we corporately come together as one body to remember and celebrate what Christ did for us.

Why do we observe Communion?

  • We observe Communion because the Lord told us to. We are to obey His commands:
    And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."
    1 Corinthians 11:24
  • In observing Communion we are remembering Christ and all that He has done for us in his life, death and resurrection:
    And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."
    1 Corinthians 11:24
  • When observing Communion we take time to examine ourselves:
    A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.
    1 Corinthians 11:28
  • In observing Communion we are proclaiming His death until He comes. It is, then, a statement of faith:
    For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
    1 Corinthians 11:26
  • When we observe Communion we show our participation in the body of Christ. His life becomes our life and we become members of each other:
    Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
    1 Corinthians 10:16-17

Scriptures Associated with Communion:

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." Matthew 26:26-28

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take it; this is my body." Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many." Mark 14:22-24

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." Luke 22:19-20

Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:24-26

Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:53-54

Friday, August 20, 2010

Look for the BUT

Everything looked pretty grim in Acts 4:1-4. Peter and John were speaking to the people and giving testimony of Jesus. The same group who arrested Jesus and had Him crucified came up and arrested them for speaking about Jesus. What is a person to think? Do you think Peter and John doubted their purpose in life? Do you think they wondered if they were really doing what God wanted them to do if they were arrested?

Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever thought you heard God tell you to invite a neighbor to a church event, only to be rejected, and wondered if you were really hearing God right? Have you ever given testimony of Jesus to someone you know isn't saved and they didn't respond? Does it make you wonder if you should have done that? Sometimes doing God’s will doesn't get the results we think it should have. During times like that we begin to doubt our faith or our ability to know what God wants.

I'm sure that Peter and John could have had a day like that. After all, all they were doing was giving testimony of Jesus, but that didn't prevent them from being arrested. What thoughts were going through their minds? Wasn't this very similar to what had happened to Jesus just a few months before? Were they worrying about their future? Were they thinking they were in for an unfair trial and illegal crucifixion? What were they to think? What I love most about this passage is the But of verse 4. Even though John and Peter had been arrested we are told, But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand. Last we heard, the number was at three thousand. In spite of the fact that Christians were being arrested right in front of them, true believers couldn't resist the testimony of Jesus and came to believe.

Do you ever get discouraged following God’s plans and directions for your life because you are not seeing the results that other Christians experience? Don't give up. Look for the but. Sure there are things happening in your life that make it appear that God is not with you and that God is not for you; nevertheless look for the but. Look to see if there is a but that is going on. Perhaps you've been so focused on the bad things that are happening even though you are serving God that you are missing the but. God is always up to good in our lives. Sometimes we need to be reminded to look around.

Our God is the God of the unnoticed and unseen sometimes. Don't give up on being faithful to God. If you are discouraged with yourself or the people you are wanting to bring to Christ, think about the BUT. If you can't see it, ask God to open your eyes. He wants to encourage you.

Life Changes

There are so many things going on in my life right now I wouldn't even know where to begin to start to tell you about them. The winds of change are blowing. Not one, not two, not three, but four different winds. I'm not at liberty to share them right now.. although I wish I could. It's true, at least for me, about what we learned in our study on Esther this week. God so many times will move in our lives in a huge way right in the middle of a crisis. It doesn't seem possible, but even while we have many irons in the fire at one time, God allows something to happen that makes us realize what is important and what really isn't. It's during those times, we realize we really *can* let go of some of the things we thought we couldn't. For instance, the wreck that my family witnessed and helped with several weeks back~ yes, we needed to be at a Playday (rodeo) at our church at a certain time that evening and were going to be late if we didn't keep going. But did we? No, of course not. All of a sudden, there was something much more important. Human life. Human need. So, it is the way with God. We think we are doing important things, but are we really? God is directing and showing me... and He promises that if we acknowledge Him, He will make our paths straight. Oh, how I trust Him. Give me the strength to trust Him more!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Heart Issues

He walked in here with three bills to pay and a hand full of crumpled bills. As he laid down each bill he needed to pay he proceeded to tell me why he wasn't able to pay the full amount... he needed gas money, he was low on money, he was behind... The money that he handed me was damp and crushed. He didn't smell good, he didn't look upbeat, in fact.. I know he was down on his luck. Did I share the love of Jesus with him? Did I tell him that I knew Someone that could care for him? That I knew Someone who loved him so? Did I?

He Is Mine

Shunning

Shunning is the act of deliberately avoiding association with, and habitually keeping away from, an individual or group.

Have you ever shunned anyone in your life? Have you ever been shunned by anyone??

Maybe it hasn't been a shunning where a group of people shun one person, maybe it's you shunning someone (or several people), giving them "punishment" for something they've done to you.

Think on this person or these people for a moment. Are you rejecting their friendship or relationship with them due to pride or hurt? Whatever they have done to cause you to poison yourself with bitterness is only hurting you in the long run.

The Bible tells us to not shun that person or those people... it tells us to pull them aside and talk with them. Talk. Ask forgiveness and give forgiveness. Sometimes when we do this, even with a sincere heart that other person does not receive it. Then the Bible tells us to go back with a witness and talk to the same person again. If once again they don't respond in a favorable way, the Bible tells us to take the matter before the church.

It's amazing that anything would go so far as to needing to be presented before a church. I know that it has happened, but it shouldn't be necessary.

I feel that today this blog is timely for someone. Not that I am anyone of importance, but in that I feel God is speaking to someone right where they are at. Today is the day. You can make a huge difference in your life and the life of someone else. Thank goodness for God's mercy and grace that He gives us fresh and new each and everyday. Do you also, bestow that mercy and grace to your family, friends, church community, co-workers...?

Quit shunning in your heart. Do something about it. Follow God's word as in Matthew and take steps to renewing relationships in your life.

Eph. 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate
to one another, forgiving each other,
just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

Proverbs 17:9 “He who covers over an offense
promotes love, but whoever repeats
the matter separates close friends.”

Matthew 5:44 “Love your enemies and pray
for those who persecute you.”

Matthe 5:23-24 “If you are offering your gift at the altar
and there remember that your brother
has something against you, leave your gift
there in front of the altar. First go
and be reconciled to your brother;
then come and offer your gift.”

Romans 12:17-19 “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. . . .
Do not take revenge, my friends,
but leave room for God’s wrath,
for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge;
I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one misses the grace
of God and that no bitter root grows up
to cause trouble."

Col. 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive
whatever grievances you may have against
one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

James 1:19-20 “Everyone should be quick to listen,
slow to speak and slow to become angry,
for man’s anger does not bring about
the righteous life that God desires.”

Proverbs 29:22 “An angry man stirs up dissension,
and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.”

Eph. 4:26-27 “‘In your anger do not sin’:
Do not let the sun go down
while you are still angry,
and do not give the devil a foothold.”

Ecc. 7:9 “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools.”

Matthew 7:4-5 “How can you say to your brother,
‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’
when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?

Romans 12:17-18 “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes
of everybody. If it is possible,
as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone.”

Fiddler on the Roof - Sunrise Sunset


Is this the little girl I carried?
Is this the little boy at play?

I don't remember growing older
When did they?

When did she get to be a beauty?
When did he grow to be so tall?

Wasn't it yesterday
When they were small?

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears

What words of wisdom can I give them?
How can I help to ease their way?

Now they must learn from one another
Day by day

They look so natural together

Just like two newlyweds should be

Is there a canopy in store for me?

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What Faith Can Do - Kutless

When it comes down the the nitty gritty... I KNOW He IS able. Silent prayers get answered~ broken hearts become brand new! This is my prayer for my son Matthew who is having a hard time right now.


This is Your Life

Switchfoot has a song with this line- "This is your life, are you who you want to be?" (In Jesus)

Are you in the middle of something that you are trying to make happen- and it's just not? Are you fighting an uphill battle when no one else around you seem to care or wants to get involved?

Or, maybe just the opposite- are you running from what God is asking you to do? Are you who you know God wants you to be?

There have been times in my life when I knew that God had lead me to do something, but I did it my way. I kept on doing that thing, even though I knew it had died. I kept insisting (because I knew God implanted that desire in me) and kept trying to resurrect it... when God was saying, no, that's not it anymore- or not here- or not that way or- not at this time.

This is your life, are you who God wants you to be? Are you staying beyond your welcome in places you want to be when He says it's time to move on?

I want to encourage you to live your life for Him. Don't look to the side or back. If He is encouraging you to expand your horizons, to move on, then with Him you know it is possible. If He is opening bigger and better opportunities for you, you may not see them if your eyes are only on what you want to look at. Be willing to turn, to do something different. To make huge, life-changing steps toward His goal for your life.



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Can I Get a Witness?

I am SOOO ready for Fall! Not only is it my favorite time of year because of all the colors, sights and smells... this year I will be glad for the weather change! Goodness it's been hot here!

I have seen Halloween candy already out on the store shelves, which in turn has made me think of Fallish weather and so on......

I'm ready to dig those boots, jeans and sweatshirts out... to stand around a bonfire cooking hot dogs... to not sweat when I stand on the front porch! LOL

Anyone else?

Women's Bible Study: Esther ~ Session Four

Tonight is Women's Bible Study. Hope to see you there!

Esther 4
1 When Mordecai learned about all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on burlap and ashes, and went out into the city, crying with a loud and bitter wail. 2 He went as far as the gate of the palace, for no one was allowed to enter the palace gate while wearing clothes of mourning. 3 And as news of the king’s decree reached all the provinces, there was great mourning among the Jews. They fasted, wept, and wailed, and many people lay in burlap and ashes.

4 When Queen Esther’s maids and eunuchs came and told her about Mordecai, she was deeply distressed. She sent clothing to him to replace the burlap, but he refused it. 5 Then Esther sent for Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs who had been appointed as her attendant. She ordered him to go to Mordecai and find out what was troubling him and why he was in mourning. 6 So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the square in front of the palace gate.

7 Mordecai told him the whole story, including the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews. 8 Mordecai gave Hathach a copy of the decree issued in Susa that called for the death of all Jews. He asked Hathach to show it to Esther and explain the situation to her. He also asked Hathach to direct her to go to the king to beg for mercy and plead for her people. 9 So Hathach returned to Esther with Mordecai’s message.

10 Then Esther told Hathach to go back and relay this message to Mordecai: 11 “All the king’s officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless the king holds out his gold scepter. And the king has not called for me to come to him for thirty days.” 12 So Hathacha]">[a] gave Esther’s message to Mordecai.

13 Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”

15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” 17 So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.



Ten Tuesday Thoughts

1. What a weekend... it flew by.

2. We had a much needed thunderstorm and some pretty heavy rain the night before last.

3. Please be in prayer for my daughter and my middle son~ both have some fairly major issues going on in their lives.

4. I am starting my slow time of the month at work~ and can't really afford it right now! So many things to do and expenses are on us. He is able!

5. I've been pretty intense in my blogs the last several weeks. Can you tell that God has been talking to me? Sometimes I look back on things I've written and can hardly believe the intensity in them. I'm thinking I need to lighten up a little!

6. I held my grandson-to-be yesterday. He's such a sweet little boy. He will be 2 years old in December. It's interesting hearing Anna calling Zachery daddy. I know that Zachery already loves Eric and they are going to be a wonderful little family.

7. Bella is laying on my toes..... ah.. her little body feels so nice and warm!

8. Lacey will be starting to pack for college today. We went and picked up boxes from the Family Dollar Store yesterday.

9. I need to get out and work in my flower beds this week. I think it's supposed to be a bit cooler with several chances of rain this week. I have rose moss, hen and chicks, vinca, geraniums, mums and cannas. They have been looking pretty haggard, but it's just been so hot and dry the last several weeks.

10. Lord bless this day! Make it productive... use me and guide me...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday~






The Power of Words

Luke 6:45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.



This post came today after watching a great teaching by Joyce Meyers. She is an awesome speaker and teacher but at times can be very forward and even somewhat harsh-ish. Looking back now on this post I realize it was just too much to post here. What Joyce had to say was very true but that didn't mean it should come out so loudly here. Sorry if it offended anyone.


God's Family

This poem was given to my mom by her good friend, Cherry Kauffman. I hope that you enjoy!

God's Family

God puts within a church’s family,
People who want to help make
Theirs the best kind of church around,
They’ll do what ever it takes.

You’ll find them decorating bulletin boards,
Teaching songs and verses to kids,
Cooking, comforting, hugging, sharing
Just doing whatever He bids.

You’ll see them stop and give a smile,
To someone what has lost his own,
Encourage the person who no one knows
Is feeling so alone.

These special people don’t know they’re special,
How much their love and skills nurture all,
They simply go forth, ordinary saints
Fulfilling the Master’s call.

You gave a special gift to our church
You planted yourself as a seed in good ground.
You made a difference in other’s lives,
Your harvest will be coming around.

Copyright © 2010 Cherry Kauffman